18 April 2014

On the Needles 4/18/2014

I am making progress. Little by little.

I finished the first of my fingerless gloves. I still have to weave in the ends.

It didn't turn out to bad I don't think. Especially since this is my first time making one.

My hats for sailors is coming along. I was hoping to get to the decreases last night but I had a desire to sew so that is what I did.
I had and have some yarn coming in but I will wait and post all of that next week. Who knows maybe by then I will have these projects finished and then my numbers won't look to bad.
Off to sew and craft but first a Dr. apt for the kiddo since there is no school today. Hopefully the next week will be full of finishes. I only have to work one day and have classes one day out of the next 11...yippee!
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12 April 2014

Loyal Union Sampler Month 1 - April

I started teaching my Loyal Union Sampler class yesterday. I have 2 classes a month. So to help my peeps out I told them I would post a picture of each block so if they needed a reference they would be here. This way I will also have a nice little reminder of the blocks I did and when.

We are attempting 8 blocks a month so we should be done in 18 months.

A1 - Abel's Favorite. Pretty easy HST and quick pieced flying geese.

A3 - A House Divided - The book has the arrows going the other way but for some reason I decided to beat to my own drum and put them sideways. In reality I just wasn't paying attention and I am not un-sewing it. One of these days I might even get my points to match up better.

A4 - Anneke's Choice -  A paper pieced block that no matter how you look at it is wonky. I just had to call it done.

A5 - Antietam - I love this block a few templates and triangles and you are good to go.

A7 - Beacon Lights - Another one I need to work on not cutting off my points. I have slowed down and I am getting better. I know in the grand scheme of 111 blocks it won't be too noticeable. Another simple pieced block. 

A8 - Best Friend - Points are not my friend. It came out looking a little like Christmas to me. I also learned an easier way to make all those HST.

A9 - Blockade - I call it my taxi cab block. I really like this one and even though it used a template it was easy to put together as well.

A10 - Broken Path - A little bit of rotary cutting and your good to go. Nice to have a quick block thrown in there. We have some tough ones coming up.
I'm trying to work in rows so we can put them together as we go. There just happened to be a couple of trickier ones at the beginning and I didn't want to scare everyone away at the first class. Next month we will have the A row done and start working on the B row.
It will be nice to see every one's blocks. We have some doing blue/white, red/white, scrappy, red/green/white, maroon/brown/blue. They will all look so different. My goal is to not use the same fabrics at all, neither backgrounds or prints. Lets see if that works.
Off to get ready for football in the gorgeous 70+ degree weather today before the 40's and snow hit. Welcome to April in Colorado.

11 April 2014

Yarn Report 4/11/2014

Nothing out the last two weeks but of course I have to bring something in. One of these days I may be out of the red. I can only hope right.

I really have fallen in love with this yarn. I wish I could own it all. What's new right?

Treasure Trove - Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze.

Used this Week: 0 skeins
Used this Year: 8.5 skeins
Added this week: 2 skeins
Added this Year: 47 skeins
Net Used this Year : -41.5 skeins 

Used this Week: 0  yards
Used this Year: 1877 yards

Added this week: 450 yards
Added this Year: 6255 yards
Net Used this Year : 
- 4378 yards (must get knitting)

To see how others are doing head on over to Judy's.

Have a productive week everyone.


On The Needles 4/11/2014

I totally spaced posting last week. My week was in a state of chaos even though I was off. Of course it doesn't help that we totally rearranged the basement which pretty much meant all of my quilt stuff since that is all that is down there. But, that story is for another day.

I did get some knitting done.

I finally finished piece 1 of the Kimono Cardigan for mom. Only have 4 to go.
It will definitely need some blocking since it just want to curl into a nice blob.
I am also working on a fingerless glove. I only have another inch or so then I can start the gusset for the thumb. I have only done it once before and it wasn't pretty. Hopefully this time will be a little bit easier.
I was really hoping for no stripes but oh well. The other one may not match exactly but that is ok. I have a cowl scheduled to be made for this set as well. Love the yarn though.
And because I didn't have enough to do I also cast on a Hats for Sailors. So too many projects and not enough time as usual. I also started the back of the cardigan but have only worked 3 or 4 rows so far.
It really looks purple in this photo but honestly it is a dark blue almost navy. Hopefully next time around I will have a picture that is color worthy.
I didn't get as much knitting done these last two weeks as I wanted. I spent a lot of time blanket stitching a wall hanging. It is times like this I wish I had more than two hands.
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